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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26571


Senator BROWN (5:27 PM) —I have friends in this position. Is their marriage valid or not? What is going to happen? Are people going to arrive and say, `Where's your marriage certificate—give it to us; we're going to rip it up'? What is Mr Howard going to do with the folk who are in this situation and are bringing up children? Is he going to tell them that, under this new discrimination legislation, suddenly they are unmarried because the Prime Minister said so? We need an answer—they need an answer. These people need an answer to a question like this. How is the Prime Minister going to dissolve the marriage? Is he going to ring up Archbishop Pell and get an annulment in some other country? Please let those folk know.